Month: March 2023

SNAP Emergency Benefits Are Ending

Millions of American families rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to afford food and other essentials. During the COVID-19 crisis, qualifying families received extra funds (known as an “emergency allotment”) each month. Those funds have now been stopped.

According to a recent NPR article, SNAP participants will see an average decrease of $82 per month, with some households losing as much as $250 in assistance per month. But food prices continue to rise – as we can all see each time we visit the grocery store. For our neediest neighbors – from working parents to the elderly to those with disabilities – this reduction in SNAP benefits may make it difficult, if not impossible, to afford basic necessities.

You can help! NEEDS provides emergency food and financial assistance to over a thousand families each year. Visit to learn more about how you can join us in meeting the needs of our community.

NEEDS Annual Report 2022

The NEEDS annual report for 2022 is now available! The past year saw a steep increase in our community’s need for emergency food and financial assistance. As food prices go up and SNAP benefits drop back to pre-pandemic levels, this trend will almost certainly continue in 2023.

NEEDS remains grateful to the churches, corporate sponsors, and individual donors who enable us to meet our community’s growing needs!

February Impact

February may be a short month, but the NEEDS pantry served almost as many clients as in January. Meanwhile, requests for emergency financial assistance were even higher this month. Here are the latest numbers:

During the month of February, the NEEDS pantry provided food to 137 families – for a total of 462 people!

NEEDS also provided emergency financial assistance to 19 families, distributing $7997.00 to cover rent and utilities.